After a summer of heatwaves and reports of continued global warming, maybe it would be a good idea to invest in Carolyn Stoddart-Scott’s attractive Job Ridgeway & Sons porcelain ice pail and lid with named birds and orange decoration, £1,550. With Christmas on the horizon and the opportunity to buy unique gifts, Carolyn has a Spode porcelain pattern 944 Imari part tea and coffee set (25 pieces) in the perfect colours for the festive season, c.1815, priced at £1,275 or a rare Masons Ironstone Japan pattern Unmerapoora tea extractor, £155 – not many were made.
Christmas is coming and some of the items for sale may have been commissioned for that special someone, like the silver filigree and tortoiseshell inlaid miniature piano music box with gold and mother-of-pearl, made by Mappin & Webb, London, £2,850 from jewellery and objets d’art specialist T. Robert. This tiny item only measures an inch, is fully hallmarked and has movable parts – the piano lid lifts to reveal the mother-of-pearl keys, the candleholders on the front move, as do the pedals and the wheels and it winds up to play a tune.
For those who have been enjoying ‘The Great’ on UK television, T. Robert also has an important 1768 ten rouble gold coin brooch, enamelled and mounted with diamonds by workmaster Henrik Wigstrom for Fabergé and featuring Catherine The Great, St. Petersburg, c.1903-1917, £14,500. Unusual in that it is made with a ten rouble gold coin, Henrik Wigstrom was the head workmaster at Fabergé in St. Petersburg. Along with Michael Perchin, from whom he took over after his death, Wigstrom was responsible for most of the Imperial eggs and his jewellery is rare and sought after. These gold coin brooches (usually using a five rouble gold coin) were worn to show off wealth. Timewise Vintage Watches returns with an impressive selection for men and women, including a rare lady’s Rolex in 18ct white gold case with diamond set bezel, timeless design and classic elegance from 1927, £8,900 and a gent’s Rolex Explorer with superb black gloss finish and original dial with gilt numerals, dated 1966, £21,900. An iconic Rolex sports watch, which will forever be a reminder of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb the summit of Mount Everest.